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All 13 mystery pieces unveiled

For the first time, this season every Hough Family Foundation Masterworks concert had a surprise inside. Music Director Michael Francis dubbed them mystery pieces, short works personally chosen by him to enhance the program in a unique way. Some were showstoppers. Others were lighthearted fun – one starred Cora, a musician’s dog. Many sparked great conversations. And most were really, really hard not to divulge ahead of time – like a gift we couldn’t wait for you to unwrap.

Mystery pieces have been such a success that we’re doing them again next season.

But first, here’s a look back at all 13 for the 2023-24 season, along with the headline work of the concert. How many were you there for?

Holst’s The Planets
Mystery piece: Holst’s Two Eastern Pictures (Spring, Summer)

Copland’s Appalachian Spring
Mystery piece: Goin’ Home (for Solo Baritone and Orchestra), sung by guest artist Jubilant Sykes
Music by Dvorak, arranged by TFO Associate Trombone Ross Holcombe

Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Mystery piece: Michael Giacchino’s Star Trek Into Darkness: Main Title

Brahms’ Symphony No. 1
Mystery piece: Johann Strauss Jr.’s Voices of Spring

Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4
Mystery piece: Respighi’s The Dove (From The Birds)

Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6
Mystery piece: Khachaturian’s Waltz from Masquerade Suite

Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue
Gershwin’s Promenade: Walking the Dog (Natalie Hoe on clarinet, starring Cora the dog)

Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto
Mystery piece: Sir William Walton’s Selections from Henry V Suite

Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony
Mystery piece: Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10, movement 2

Dvorak’s New World Symphony
Mystery piece: Krzysztof Penderecki’s Ciaccona (In memoriam Giovanni Paolo II)

Saint-Saens’ Organ Symphony
Mystery piece: Aaron Copland’s The Promise of Living (From The Tender Land)

Elgar’s Enigma Variations
Mystery piece: Erik Satie’s Gymnopèdies: Lent et grave

Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony
Mystery piece: Francis Poulenc’s “Salve Regina” from Dialogues of the Carmelites
Featuring women from The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, soloists Susan Platts and Erica Petrocelli